Dogs of War
Documentary, Reality, Military
Man's best friend is living up to its moniker in this docuseries. It presents stories of shelter dogs trained to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder re-acclimate to civilian life. Each hourlong episode chronicles the rigorous process involved with pairing a vet with a service dog, an emotional journey whereby a suffering person and an abandoned dog come together to help each other. Facilitating the unions is Paws and Stripes, the brainchild of Lindsey Stanek. Her husband, Jim -- a retired U.S. Army staff sergeant who served three tours in Iraq -- suffered from severe PTSD before visits with a service dog helped him relax. Inspired by his experience, and motivated by her love of dogs and country, Lindsey created the nonprofit organization that allows veterans to participate at no cost.